For the Sake of the Class
“Akihito, you traitor.”
Right after homeroom concluded, Akira complained to me with a sulking expression. In the end, Akira wasn’t able to escape being called to the staff room. Adding on to that, he ended up running his mouth about Miyu-sensei’s bachelor status, causing him to be scolded even more.
He really is such a pitiful idiot.
“No, well, you shouldn’t mind it too much.”
I didn’t know what to say, so I left it at that in an attempt to cheer him up
I do feel a bit of sympathy since it was partially my fault, but he was the one who touched on Miyu-sensei achille’s heel, so I do feel that he got what he deserved.
“Anyways, is that really okay? Are you fine being left out of Charlotte-san’s circle?”
If things were to continue on like this, there would be no end to his complaints until the next class. While I do feel a bit sorry for Charlotte, I ended up using her as bait.
“Ah, I can’t be doing this right now! If I just laze about like this, then the other guys will end up stealing the march on her!”
Thanks to my words, Akira remembered Charlotte’s existence and soon stood up from his seat to move in her direction.
He really is such a simple guy. However, that may also be one of his good points.
I turned my gaze towards where Akira had gone—or rather, towards Charlotte. There, she was happily talking with our classmates. It is amazing that even though we’re the same age, she could speak Japanese so fluently despite being a foreigner. If I were to be placed in the same situation, I don’t believe I would be confident in speaking fluent English.
Does she really have no faults? Wouldn’t Charlotte be the prime example of a perfect and beautiful girl?
—I’m not optimistic enough to think that something would happen just because a beautiful girl transferred into my class. As I mainly focus on my studies, watching her from afar is something that suits me more.
After being satisfied by watching Charlotte for a bit, I pulled out a book from my bag and passed time until the next class by reading.
“Charlotte-san, why don’t we all hang out together afterwards?”
“Hang out, is it?”
“Yeah, how about we go to karaoke and hold a welcome party for Charlotte-san!”
Immediately after the second homeroom ended, Charlotte was surrounded by our classmates again. No, not just classmates. If you pay attention, students of other classes are also among the crowd surrounding Charlotte. Did they rush here to witness Charlotte in the flesh after hearing the rumors?
Rather, how much did they have to rush to be here right at the end of homeroom? They most likely had to make a full on dash. I do hope they don’t get yelled at by teacher’s later.
“Oh, I am very sorry, since my little sister is waiting for me at home—”
Charlotte turned down the invitation to hang out with an apologetic expression. Everyone seemed a bit disappointed, but no one dared to invite her after she had already declined.
Except for one person.
“Well then, bring your sister too! The more the merrier!”
Akira, who was incapable of reading the mood, asked Charlotte if there was any chance she could join them for a welcome party. I guess he doesn’t hold any bad intentions, but Charlotte is making a troubled expression. Since Akira had taken the lead in inviting her after she had declined, the others also began to request her once again.
It can’t be helped, huh…
At this rate, things will get out of control, and Charlotte, who wants to go home as soon as possible, won’t be able to. Knowing that, I stood up from my seat.
“—Akira, stop, and everyone else too. This isn’t the right time to be doing such things, did you forget that the tests begin next week?”
I didn’t glance at Charlotte, and gave a convincing enough reason for them to halt their advance.
I can’t help but play the role of a bad guy in this situation.
My eyes met Akira’s in hopes that he would pick up on my intentions.
“Aoyagi-kun, it’s natural to have a welcome party for a new student, isn’t it? Is studying truly so important?”
“Can’t you read the mood? Isn’t it fine since all we are doing is holding a welcome party for Charlotte-san?”
They began complaining to me in an irritated voice. A person will definitely be criticized for speaking against the masses. Their comments don’t faze me since I already knew this would happen. Since I was not really on good terms with anybody other than Akira, I didn’t really have to worry.
However, if you let them say whatever they like, it’ll become more of a fuss.
It would’ve been better if I had concluded this farce here, but it is impossible for someone like me.
There is only one person capable of drawing the situation to a close.
“Sorry, it was my bad! Yeah, we have important tests soon, and isn’t it better to have a welcome party after the tests are over?”
Akira apologized while placing both of his hands together. He even gave an apologetic bow towards Charlotte.
“Eh? Saionji, you’re focusing on tests?”
Of course, the others started to complain. However, Akira didn’t budge.
“Well, what Akihito is saying is correct, isn’t it? If the class average falls down, Miyu-sensei will be extremely angry, and Charlotte-san might feel responsible. Don’t you think it’s better to have a welcome party after the end of the tests.”
“Well… You aren’t wrong…”
Everyone gradually began to calm down and agree with Akira’s logical words. The reason why everyone agreed was because the one convincing them was the class’ mood-maker, Akira. The result would’ve been completely different if I was the one who had tried to persuade them.
…Well, Akira is the one leading everyone to make the wrong decision sometimes, so they need to be more careful from now on.
In my class, I am kind of the barricade that keeps the over-enthusiastic Akira from doing something excessive and leading the others astray. And because of this ‘role’ of mine, I am quite hated by the others, but I couldn’t care less. It’s better to have complaints thrown at me than for the class to cause problems and have the class’ or Akira’s reputation damaged in the process.